Results 1 516
236 Previous Next

Jar with parrot-shaped supports
Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Jar with parrot-shaped supports

Description Provenance Credit
Description This jar, made of highly polished red earthenware, was likely a grave offering placed in a tomb in West Mexico. Many such vessels were made, with fluted sides possibly representing calabash fruits. More broadly, they represent the agricultural plenty which would have been needed for the underworld. The meaning of the parrot-shaped supports for the jar is unclear, but may refer to a myth from the region which has been lost over time, or simply to parrots’ enjoyment of juicy calabashes.
Provenance Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John G. Bourne, August 18, 1944, by purchase.
Credit Gift of John G. Bourne, 2014

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

200 BC-AD 300 (Late Formative-Early Classic)
earthenware with burnished slip paint
Accession Number
H: 9 15/16 x W: 14 1/8 x D: 13 15/16 in. (25.2 x 35.8 x 35.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


    Thumbnail: Jar with parrot-shaped supports
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Jar with parrot-shaped supports